Shootings are up almost 29%, robberies are up 39%, transit crimes are up 30%, and auto thefts are up 72%. Critics of the new bail laws point to many incidents of crimes committed by those who normally would have been imprisoned but were released back onto the streets.
New York City police commissioner James O’Neill resigned, after three years of service, following the city’s new rule eliminating bail and plans to release 900 inmates to New York City streets upon the closing of Riker’s Island penitentiary in January.
Fazeli’s mother, who was not present during the altercation, says her son told her that Peters got physical first. Fazeli was released on $55,000 bail, despite having a prior conviction for a minor assault charge on his record.